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Cyrtochilum cultivation - help needed

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    Hi guys,

    I'm hoping someone may grow one or both of these species and be able to offer me some advice as info on the web is a little sparse.

    Firstly, I have a Cyrtochilum ramosissimum that is just a small plant - 4" tall (see pic). It has matured one bigger p/bulb since I got it a year ago and there are 2 new growths just starting.
    I water when the mix dries and it has been outside all summer in the shade (it still is). I will bring the plant indoors when the temperature gets to 11C at night.

    I know I'm a long way off flowering but first my main aim is to grow a happy healthy plant. I would like to know how low a temperature it needs - the web just says "cool"! Also any info on it's growth habits through the seasons.

    Second is Cyrtochilum pardinum. This is a larger plant at 8" tall (see pic). This has also lived outside. I have only had this plant for a few weeks and the leaves (and the spike it arrived with) have started to brown - I guess this is due to a rather wet week we had here. The p/bulbs are firm and the spike continues to grow.

    Can anyone help with temperature requirements - the web says "cold to cool"! and again with growth habits.

    I'm lucky to get these here in the UK and I don't want to lose them - Thanks in advance.

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    Grow in cool to intermediate conditions with moderate light.
    Water the plant right before the potting mix starts to dry.
    should be potted in a well drain medium such as medium fir bark.

    In F degrees it would be above freezing and no more than 70 degrees

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    Is that sunburn or fungus!!!!???Don't like how that second pic looks! That brown pseudobulb...hmm...You should diagnose and clean that plant up and apply fungicide or repot if there is a need to(broken down medium)
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    Well diagnosed King Kjeldz. I repotted the day after taking the pic and the browning pseudobulb had indeed got rot - I don't know why I didn't spot this sooner. I have, of course, trimmed back all the rotten growth, dusted with cinnamon and repotted with the cut end above the bark so I can keep an eye on it. The existing bulb seems to be keeping it's colour and firmness - fingers crossed from here on.

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